A Letter of Thanks

Dear Friends,

It is with gratitude and humility that I announce that I have withdrawn my candidacy for the Office of Lieutenant Governor. There are a variety of reasons for this difficult decision, but in short, it was simply not meant to be.

Since announcing my candidacy last November, I have enjoyed every minute of being a candidate representing the Democratic Party. I got into this race to help make Pennsylvania better. I did not run for the sake of running or to be a spoiler candidate. I ran because I firmly believe that we need more reasoned voices in Harrisburg and still believe I have the skills and experience necessary to be an effective Lieutenant Governor.

To all who supported my candidacy, thank you! The courtesy and kindness you have shown me is something I will never forget. Thank you to the campaign team and volunteers, the circulators and contributors, and everyone who signed a nominating petition. Because of your help and support, we ran a campaign that I am very proud of. I also want to thank my family and friends, especially my wife Amanda. You are my rock. I love you all.

Regarding the race for Lieutenant Governor, there are many fine candidates in the field. However, after thoughtful consideration, I am pleased to endorse Chester County Commissioner Kathi Cozzone. As a commissioner, Kathi’s breadth of county government, executive, and legislative experience makes her stand out among the remaining candidates. With this in mind, I respectfully request that you take a close look at Kathi’s candidacy and support her bid to be Pennsylvania’s next Lieutenant Governor.

Thank you again! It is truly an honor to serve and to be a candidate for public office. I hope our paths cross again soon.


Craig Lehman
Lancaster County Commissioner